Blackhawks President, CEO John McDonough returning to Saint Mary’s University Sept. 10

Blackhawks President, CEO John McDonough returning to Saint Mary’s University Sept. 10

Visit to include Stanley Cup viewing and student leadership session WINONA, Minn. — On Thursday, Sept. 10, John McDonough, President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks, will return to his alma mater, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, for a leadership session with students on the Winona Campus. He’s also bringing with him the Stanley Cup, which will be available for public viewing. Thanks to a 2-0 Game 6, Cup-clinching victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on June 15, the Blackhawks became the sixth franchise in National Hockey League history to win three Stanley Cups in a six-year span. McDonough, a 1975 alumnus and a successful and well-respected leader in the sports world, will share his story—and the Cup—with the Saint Mary’s and Winona communities. “When John McDonough chose to share the Stanley Cup with the Saint Mary’s community and the public in Winona in 2013, we were grateful and honored,” said Brother William Mann, President of Saint Mary’s. “We are even more excited to welcome him back for a second opportunity to celebrate his achievements. John has demonstrated leadership characteristics we hope to instill in our students. We’re thankful he’s not only bringing the Cup, but also sharing an important message about how to inspire others to greatness.” McDonough has called his time at Saint Mary’s “comfortable, but challenging; competitive, yet inspiring. The faculty and staff provide you with everything to put yourself in position to succeed,” he said. “It was the perfect environment in which to learn, and I was able to carry those skills into my professional life.” The public is invited to view the Cup between...
Saint Mary’s sponsors  ‘because I said I would’  founder Alex Sheen Aug. 27

Saint Mary’s sponsors ‘because I said I would’ founder Alex Sheen Aug. 27

WINONA, Minn. — Too often we say things like “I’ll get to it” and “tomorrow.” One day there is no tomorrow. The promises we make and keep and those we choose to dishonor define us and this world. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will sponsor a Winona visit by nationally acclaimed speaker Alex Sheen, creator and founder of the “because I said I would” social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. Sheen’s day in Winona Thursday, Aug. 27, will include a 2:20 p.m. presentation to the Cotter High School community and a 7 p.m. presentation to the Saint Mary’s University community in Page Theatre. Sparked by the loss of his father, Sheen and his organization send “promise cards” to anyone anywhere in the world at no cost. Sheen is someone who truly honors commitment. He once walked over 240 miles across the entire state of Ohio in 10 days to fulfill a promise. In just two years, “because I said I would” has sent more than 2.4 million promise cards to over 152 different countries. The promises written on these cards have made headlines around the world. His charitable projects and awareness campaigns have been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN, The Today Show, NPR, the Los Angeles Times and many other programs. Sheen is a nationally known philanthropist who has given TEDTalks and speaks motivationally across the country. He sends promise cards all over the world, encouraging people to change their lives and keep their promises. His speeches focus on character and leadership development by telling emotional...
Entrepreneur shares experiences at top food companies

Entrepreneur shares experiences at top food companies

  The Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies presented a fall 2013 speaker event on Friday, Oct. 25. Entrepreneur Mark Schweiger, who has led and managed various teams to success, shared some of his experiences with students. Schweiger is co-founder of Sologear LLC, located in Middleton, Wis. Sologear developed a proprietary fuel technology and he leads the sales, marketing and strategy functions. Prior to Sologear, he co-founded another company that was sold to a Fortune 500 firm. His background includes an MBA from the UW-Madison and progressive marketing management positions with Smucker’s and Kraft Foods. Schweiger has served several religious organizations in roles that include children’s ministry leader, church deacon, church elder and Christian school board chair. He was co-chair of a capital campaign for UW Hospital cancer research and was a member of the advisory board for the UW Entrepreneurship Association. He feels truly honored to be part of the Care Net board. The event was also sponsored by the Department of Business, the Envision Club, and the Business and Public Relations...
Saint Mary’s welcomes Eboo Patel  to lead discussion on interfaith dialogue

Saint Mary’s welcomes Eboo Patel to lead discussion on interfaith dialogue

As a further expression of the ecumenical and religious openness that characterizes our Lasallian Catholic heritage, Brother William, members of the President’s Council, some members of the faculty and Student Life staff, and others welcomed to campus Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, for the third in a series of dialogs called Cardinal Conversations. Mr. Patel, who’s written two books about interfaith cooperation — “Acts of Faith” and the most recent “Sacred Ground” — spoke of the imperative for dialog between faiths so as not to let intolerance be the dominant voice. He believes that colleges and universities are the perfect place to foster such interfaith shared inquiry and understanding. He encouraged those present to do all of these things from a deep and broad understanding of our rich Lasallian Catholic heritage. During his visit, Mr. Patel also met with Lasallian Core Traditions faculty and members of the Living Learning Community Task Force. Interfaith Youth Core campus partnership director, Laura Hollinger Antonelli, continued the discussion by meeting with two groups to discuss how the text “Acts of Faith” and its strategies could be integrated to the Saint Mary’s student experience both in and out of the...
Sen. Michael Johanns honored for service at Winona commencement ceremony

Sen. Michael Johanns honored for service at Winona commencement ceremony

In recognition of his lifetime of work as a public servant, U.S. Sen. Michael Johanns (R-Neb.), a 1971 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota alumnus, was presented with an honorary doctorate by Saint Mary’s at its Winona campus commencement ceremony May 11. Sen. Johanns was awarded a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, for more than 30 years of distinguished service to society as mayor of Lincoln, governor of Nebraska, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and U.S. Senator. The Saint Mary’s citation noted that Sen. Johanns has “exemplified the characteristics of service and ethical leadership that this university strives to develop in all of its students and, by a life admirably dedicated in service of the common good, has brought honor and credit to his alma...